Tuesday, September 04, 2012

RIP - Oh gentle giant!

When the cryptic TOI headline screamed Michael Clarke dies - I was wondering what happended to the Oz captain?

Then to my shock I realized the gentle giant Mike who portrayed an Oscar-worthy role of the prisoner with magical powers in The Green Mile had died of a myocardial arrest!

Son of a single-mother who quit college to help his ailing mother and struggled as a bouncer and bodyguard before landing small roles; wowed everyone as John Coffey in The Green Mile. Tom Hanks was simply over-shadowed!

Other roles include Armageddon, Sin City, The Whole Nine Yards and voice-work in animation movies like Kung fu Panda.

Somehow he never got roles that would showcase his talents; a hulk of a man he would end up playing secret-agent second-fiddle roles or gang-member kind of roles.

RIP - oh gentle giant!

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Anupam Patra said...

I loved his small roles, particularly in Green Mile.

It's so good of you to dedicate a post for this unsung hero.

RIP Michael

mahesh said...

Thanks Anupam :)Yes, he truly deserved much more!

Karen Xavier said...

oh, so he is the guy... being seeing RIP Michael Clarke on the social networking sites. Had no idea it was this giant of a man, he was great in the green mile. And that's the only movie I saw of his... Bless his gentle soul.

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